• Lisa


Our last post introduced the concept of growth mindset and contrasted it to fixed mindset. According to Dr. Carol Dweck, author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” one of the hallmarks of growth mindset is effort; effort is the path to mastery.

Growth mindset embraces the everchanging qualities that are brought about through effort and experience. Setbacks are not failures, but part of life when you are stretching yourself and your abilities, and thus, are reasons to keep going, not reasons to stop. (As the ski instructor’s old adage goes, “If you haven’t had a fall lately, you’re probably not improving.”) On the other hand, a fixed mindset sees effort as somewhat pointless, believing that if we possess talent we don't need to put forth effort; effort (and possible failure), means you're not smart or talented. In this new year, where will you put forth effort and not fear setbacks?

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